Leah Washington and Joe Pugh Image: Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email A victim of the Alton Towers crash has spoken about how she woke up in hospital after the accident to find her boyfriend and left leg missing. Leah Washington and Joe Pugh were on their first proper date when they decided to ride the theme park's newest attraction - the Smiler.
But halfway around the track the rollercoaster crashed into a test car in front - seriously injuring five people and leaving the couple stuck in the air bleeding for more than 30 minutes. The next thing I remember was the screaming. There was so much of it. The metal of the safety bars had folded into our bodies.
I had to amputate your left leg. It was seriously injured. It was the only way I could save you. She said that when he visited her in hospital the day after her amputation they sat in awkward silence because she was not sure he would want to be with her now she had lost a limb.
Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Almost three years after the accident, on June 2 , the couple are still together Image: PA Read More Man killed himself after NHS call-taker hung up because he was 'too impatient to listen to his speech impediment' But, almost three years after the accident, on June 2 , the couple are still together and Leah has learned to love her body again.
The year-old has started blog, Limbitless , and documented her journey from being afraid she might not be able to run, to ordering prosthetics blades and taking on a 10k race. I would love to help other people and that is my aim really. It not only helps them but helps me too. Instagram Instagram Leah says she wants to defy the trend for flawless holiday photos, one inspirational bikini snap at a time.
She has posted a series of gorgeous photos of her, proudly showing off her prosthetic leg, as she enjoys a holiday with Joe. Leah told the Daily Mirror she is posting the photos in reaction to the unrealistic images young women are bombarded with on social media and magazines. Last year, while soaking up the sun on a Spanish break with Joe, Leah revealed her body confidence struggles after the accident. She has posted a series of gorgeous photos of her, proudly showing off her prosthetic leg, as she enjoys a holiday with Joe Image: She shared a moving post during one holiday, showing her prosthetic leg as she paddled in a pool.
The Smiler at Alton Towers Image: PA Leah in hospital after the crash Image: Sunday Mirror Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now It was liked thousands of times and received dozens of comment praising the amputee. Leah wrote in the caption: Joe had to undergo surgery and rehabilitation after the ride mangled his own legs. The couple, from Barnsley in South Yorks, had to learn to walk again but have made an incredible recovery, earning them a legion of fans.
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